Feb 22, 2017

16 active faults added to big-quake risk list

The government has added 16 new active faults to a list of major fault zones that could trigger an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 or higher in Japan. The addition by the Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion brings the number of major active ...

Children among many feared dead in Italy avalanche

Jan 19, 2017

Children among many feared dead in Italy avalanche

Several children were among more than 25 people unaccounted for, feared dead, Thursday after an avalanche engulfed a mountain hotel in earthquake-ravaged central Italy. The national civil protection agency said the Hotel Rigopiano had suffered a direct hit by a 2-meter high wall of ...

Jan 19, 2017

Hyogo universities aim to develop disaster experts with new programs

Universities in Hyogo Prefecture, which was hit by a devastating earthquake 22 years ago, are launching new programs to develop experts capable of leading efforts to respond to natural disasters. Drawing on experiences from the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, the universities are aiming to ...

Jan 5, 2017

Pair of strong late-night quakes jolt Fukushima, Ibaraki

A magnitude-5.3 earthquake and another of magnitude-5.8 struck Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures early Thursday, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. The earthquakes occurred at 12:44 a.m. and 2:53 a.m., originating at depths of about 60 km and 30 km off the ...

Dec 31, 2016

Magnitude-5.6 quake strikes off Fukushima

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture early Saturday, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. The 5:08 a.m. temblor, which originated at a depth of about 20 km, registered 4 on the Japanese ...